Playing Devil’s Advocate: Reunion Edition (Part Five)


That’s right! Another devil’s advocate before one of the most anticipated weeks in fandom.  This is a different type of devil’s advocate though. This is going to be a fun devil’s advocate. With the all the social media countdowns, pictures, offhand comments and general fan merriment it has been a fun time to be in the Emmerdale fandom. If you are a Robron, Vanity or Coira fan at least. It is not a great month for the antis. You had a whole year my dears. It is our turn now.

With that said, I will be looking at two popular speculations about the reunion and arguing if it could happen or not.  The third one is more personal and doesn’t have Robert or Aaron involved. Don’t forget to read to the end. I give my opinion on where I fall in all speculation and what I hope to see in the future.

So, let’s crack on!

Speculation #1: Aaron Gets the DJ to Play their song in the club to get Roberts attention. (The Big Gesture)

I feel this speculation is on the nose and doesn’t need explanation.

Why This Will Happen

Aaron knows he must make a big gesture to counteract all the harm he has started this week. To do that Aaron would have to do something to get Robert’s attention. Playing their song in a crowd, Aarons own version of ‘Going in there and saying it loud.’  It might not even be with the DJ; it could be Aaron jumping on the mike or even walking up to ‘Aaron Dingle Lite Mike’ and causing a scene just like Robert did with Alex the first time he saw them together. Aaron will have to pull out the big guns to get Robert’s attention to even talk to him.

Why This Won’t Happen

Aaron is not the romantic type. He is romantic in small ways. Keeping a watch. Wanting the Vegas coin engraved.  Taking Roberts underwear to prison. He is a quiet romantic. Big gestures, even in this scenario would not be on Aarons radar. Aaron is quiet. He will try and get Robert on his own. Talk to him. Try and convince him in his own way. Maybe wear the watch. Bring the watch with him. Maybe he has been holding onto their wedding picture on his phone. It is the simple, quiet things that make Aaron a romantic.

Speculation #2:  This is all on Aaron now.

Since Aaron has been the one sending mixed messages, trying to kiss Robert, pushing Robert away, doing what he does on their wedding anniversary, the getting back together part has to be on Aaron.

Why This Will Happen

Robert has been in the forefront for the past year. He has been grasping and trying to get Aaron back only to realize that at Christmas, he needed to let him go and just learn to be friends. Robert has taken off his ring and moved on. He is confident that they don’t have a chance and that he will have to learn to be his friend. Now that Aaron has confused Robert, it is up to him to do the work to get Robert back into the fold. Aaron has to put in the work to convince Robert that he loves him and wants him back. Robert did his part and now it’s up to Aaron to do his.

Why This Won’t Happen

No matter what, Robert and Aaron follow a pattern. Aaron will only go so far before Robert takes over and runs them both to the finish line. They both might have grown up and changed a lot in the past year, but sometimes certain things never change. Aaron will only go so far before Robert figures things out on his on and pushes them both to the finish line. That finish line being a couple again. I noticed it sounded dirtier than indeed. Finish line equals being a couple again. Unless you want it to sound dirty, go right ahead!

Speculation #3: Ross and Victoria find comfort in each other.

Victoria is stressed out. She lost Adam, is taking care of Rebecca and is just in a holding pattern.  Ross is upset because his life has been turned upside down since the acid attack.  Both were already dancing around each other, and soon they will confide in each other. Make each other feel a bit better. Become proper friends (Ross finally makes friends with a woman first), and then they develop into something more.

Why This Could Happen

The show was chemistry testing them and have passed what I call, “The Joey Principle” aka their real-life relationship doesn’t affect the chemistry on screen between their characters.  It has been a long time since Ross and Victoria have been in a relationship that would have to be built up over time.  It would be different for the characters (working through pervious issues, figuring out new issues and going forward) and they can comfort each other. Keep the Barton/Sugden line going after all. (Much to Robert’s horror).

Why This Couldn’t Happen

They have been tested before, and nothing came of it. The show might have used them as a way to talk about Adam and giving more of a point of view to Victoria as they slowly focused back on Adam. Those two always seem like ships in the night. Always passing but never connecting.  Ross might still be connected to Debbie. Victoria might be stuck in White Drama land for a bit longer. Those two might just never cross.

Final Thoughts

I have seen so much speculation for the reunion and beyond. It makes me happy to see so many happy about the future after spending the last year in pain, fighting with each other and sadness.  This is the kind of speculation that I adore. Happy and fluffy speculation is good for the soul. Yes, we might be building up hopes a little too high, but I feel like its ok to do that right now. The episodes were written by Maxine, and she never disappoints.

So, here is where I stand on Robert and Aaron reunion and beyond.  I think it’s up to Aaron to make Robert realize that he does love him, want him and need him.  After the past week and a half that will take a lot for Robert to think Aaron even cares about him.  Robert felt something shift with that Valentines Day and tried to get Aaron to talk about it.  All the hope curded the minute Aaron played a few mind games with him. Aaron didn’t do it on purpose, but he did it, and now Robert is going to push away a lot easier than before. It is up to Aaron to get Robert back into the fold. However, once Robert is back and believes Aaron wants, loves, and needs him again, Robert should be meeting Aaron halfway. They both got to meet in the middle this time around.  Be better than the last run of their relationship. Well, try and be better for a soap couple. Be each other’s best friends and push forward together. Become that family with Liv and Seb that we all wanted to see before (I know Seb is still a point of contention for some).  Aaron and Robert have come back to each other (its been a year) and they will never look back.

As for Victoria and Ross. I’m such a huge fan of this possible couple. That’s why I threw them in there at the end. Get the conversation going about them.  I feel like they were testing them out earlier in the year to see how they would play and they got some attention. I’d love it if they both became friends and supported each other. It would be a breath of fresh air for Victoria and give Ross someone else to play against. Debbie and Ross are played out. Time to give Ross and Victoria someone new to play with. I say, viva Roctoria! (I know for a fact that one person just shuttered reading that ship name. Sorry Justine!).


I sincerely think this week will have high highs and low lows. It will address many issues left over and give us a new starting point for Robert and Aaron. Also, give us a better place to start with Vanessa and Charity as well.  What do you think? What are your speculations? Share with me below or visit me on Tumblr @AmandaJ718! Don’t forget to check out some of the other devil’s advocates I have written in the past. It is good for a laugh or two. Until next time, I will see you around in Emmerdale!

Devil’s Advocate – The Two Main Theories

Devils Advocate: Part Two (More Devil. Less Advocate.)

Emmerdale: Playing Devil’s Advocate (Once. Twice. Three Times the Devil!)

Playing Devils Advocate: Four Times the Devil!


The Tired and Confused: Thoughts on The Young and the Restless

I have been watching Young and the Restless for as long as I can remember. I have fond memories of watching live in the summer and after school with my grandma. I lived through multiple affairs, false starts, sad deaths and amazing villains. Yeah, there were clunkers. Bad writing. Bad characterization. It happens. In time we forget those missteps and remember the good.

That is the beauty of soaps. Running one hour a day for five days a week. Lots can happen in one year that drowns out the bad.

However, the ability to recall the bad is easier than ever. Social media, message boards, and video help remind us of when our favorite soaps have fallen, or miss stepped in major ways.

That might be why I am so critical and more willing to look beyond what is shown to us on screen. I can refer to past episodes easily and see the patterns. What worked. What went wrong.  What characters had the best development? Which characters were left behind for new blood? You get the point.

Since I do this for Emmerdale almost every day with my live reviews, I decided to take a crack at it with The Young and the Restless. This is not a live review of each episode. I might try that someday, but I cannot do that right now. This is more of an accumulation of my thoughts in general of the show since being taken over by Mal Young. As per usual, please leave your comments below since I am on a twitter break.

Let’s begin!

The Writing of The Couples

The romantic drama and humor that comes from different pairings of a soap are what put soaps on the map, to begin with. Currently, we have certain couples flitting and flirting around Geona City. I pulled two couples (possible couples) out of this for further review. However, there are three couples I want to talk about here. Phyllis and Billy. Chelsea and Nick. Nikki and Victor. These are some of the pairings that are just in autopilot mode. They seem to pop in and follow a set pattern and leave again.

Phyllis and Bill or Philly, are being cast as the ‘rom-com’ couple. Funny crap happens, and then they leave. However, when they are separated the characters have this dull sheen on them.  Like the Walking Dead. They do not seem to have long-term stories outside of each other. There isn’t even a story that they are in together. They are just there for comic relief and then to leave. As someone who is not a fan of the pairing, its just tiring to watch. Give them a story together or separately. Make me like them show. Give me reasons to like them together or like them separately.

Chelsea and Nick or Chick are a couple that is designed to have sex every time we see them together. Yeah, they are cute in a low-grade Peep Marshmallow sugar high binge way. They provide a small thrill that goes away just as fast as Chelsea’s orgasms. The difference between this couple and Philly is separately Nick and Chelsea have a lot going for them.  Nick is involved in his own stories. His world. Chelsea has her world too, and lately, Adam has been brought up quite a bit. I wonder if we are headed towards a recast sooner than later. These two work well outside each other but together; they are there. They are nice. I can sit through their scenes, but I forget them just as fast.

Nikki and Victor. THE couple of Genoa City. The ones everyone roots for in the end (I know…the fanbase has dwindled a bit).  I do not know what they are doing with them. Lots of blackmailing and reunions and fake weddings (in a sense) but they are still very much a team. It is odd. It is like so much damage has been done over the past ten years that the current showrunner is having trouble getting a hold of them. Separately they are fine on their own. Always been strong characters. Both have their own worlds. Right now though, watching them is a chore, which breaks my heart because some of my fondest childhood memories watching Young and the Restless had Nikki and Victor in them.

Lily and Cane

Right now on my current obsession, Emmerdale, their big couple is running a similar storyline to Lily and Cane (only the details are a lot different, but the result seems the same). I think Emmerdale managed to pull it off. Young and the Restless, to excuse the term, shit the bed with this one. It is part the wrong trope to pick for this couple, changing showrunners and audience tolerance for the story being told.

I am convinced, just my opinion, that the original plan was to have Cane and Juliette (Juliet? I have seen it written two ways in the press too) were meant to try and have a relationship while Lily did the same with that other guy. Whose name I have forgotten (ahem).  They were meant to break apart to realize what they had was worth fighting for. It would take awhile, but it would come out in the end. Maybe giving us a DNA revel type trope as well.

Since the past showrunner’s storylines were developing slower than molasses, the process felt horrible. It was not fun to watch. I am not even a HUGE Lane fan, and I felt it. It was just…badly done. They could have split them up so many other ways. Other ways to burn them down to build them better but they chose this. After the new showrunner showed up, it went from molasses to a fast-paced river of plot.  Kill Juliette. Almost kill the baby. Get the family involved with the baby. Win Lily’s heart back in Paris. HAPPY FAMILY AHOY! All in a few months’ time.

It is a mess. A huge mess. Now we have a slightly more interesting storyline developing. How can Lily love Sam? That is something interesting that is developing, but I wonder if they can pull it off in a believable way. I felt like while those two were talking in Paris, the baby should have been one of the major aspects of that conversation. Yes, let’s give the Lane superfans a treat, but the general audience needs to see more than just fluff right now when it comes to Lily and Cane.

Mariah and Tessa

The couple that almost was and might be? I am down for this couple seeing their natural chemistry develop to that kiss that seemed to stop everything. Yes, they are controversial for some reason. I think Young and the Restless are the only soap without a running same-sex couple or storyline. That is pathetic in 2018. The world has changed, and soaps should reflect that change in the world. That includes showing same-sex couples. I am very much outside the inner circle of the Young and Restless rumor mill, but I hope the new showrunner is not scared off and tries to give Mariah and Tessa a chance. The journey will be worth the watch.

I think the show should be willing to let people go to gain an even bigger younger audience. This is a great way to do it. Tell an interesting story that reflects the world we live in. It is not rocket science. Time for Young and Restless to join the other soaps in telling this story.

Dina and her Dementia

Ok. This one is personal. I assume Dina and her storyline of Dementia is somewhat closed up for now. Sending her off to France takes her off the canvas for a while. Regardless, I have something to say about how it was portrayed on screen. I am going to try and be as even as possible though, in my mind, there was more negative than positive for me. I am going to ignore the crazy storyline attached to this as well. Its just dumb and didn’t amount to much.

I did not appreciate it being used as a comedy plot point at all. There were times when she would enter a room and start fights because she thought a person was Nikki or she thought it was someone John Abbott dated, and it was played for comedy. It is not funny. This disease should NEVER be used as a comedy plot point EVER. It’s not funny its hell on a family.

Speaking of family. They attempted to show the emotional toll it has on a family to care for someone with dementia. To a point. They have money. They can give Dina the BEST in everything. They can put her in those trials for new drugs I hear about all the time. They can give her a private nurse. They can put her in the best care possible. To see Jack and Ashley put down some of the care centers they visited, made me so angry. Why? Some of us do not have a choice. We cannot be there all the time to take care of our loved ones. Sometimes we need help, and that help is not available because we are not millionaires like The Abbotts are. There is guilt there that doesn’t go away, and the show decided to stomp all over that by implying that people who put their loved ones into homes are making a bad decision. NOT EVERYONE HAS A CHOICE. I wish the show acknowledged that.

Some small things. You never give alcohol to a dementia patient. Especially with her pills. The pills are not a cure, just something to slow it down and even then, it is not meant to last. There are different ‘levels’ of dementia. Different types of dementia. The show ignored that fact. They got some of the testing right though; I appreciate that. Drawing a clock and reciting lists are part of the first test. Those tests usually come with a neurological exam.  Which Dina never got. At least not on screen.

You think I am just bitching and moaning, but they did get one thing right. How Dina acted herself. Marla Adams gave an amazing performance. The moments when they did not use her dementia for comedy is where she shined. That is what it is like. They get angry easily. They are frustrated. They are scared. They know their mind is not right, but they cannot do anything about it but go along. There are moments of clarity, but that goes away as time goes on. I thought she did an amazing job showing those feelings.

Emmerdale did an amazing job with their dementia storyline. If you want to see the episode that made me cry message me blow, and I will direct you to it online. Its worth the watch especially if someone you love has the disease.

The show had the support of the Alzheimer’s Association and Mal Young himself gave an interview talking about his experiences with the diseases. They should have done better.

Odds and Ends

Nice to see Sharon and Nick hanging out and being friends. I will always ship them. That will never go away for me.

I love Mariah in general. She was a great addition. As well as Mattie and Charlie Ashby. Those actors are great, and I cannot wait to see the show give them more challenging stories in the future.

The less Paul I see, the better (that is more personal than anything else)

Since Genie Francis was treated like crap by General Hospital, maybe she wants to come back and have some fun in Genoa City? *wink*

JT and Victoria are weird. That is all. Getting divorced while your characters are screwing on every surface must be weird. WEIRD. No matter how positive and mutual the divorce is. That is WEIRD.

Ravi deserves the best. I love him and the show should learn how to use him better than someone Phyllis sets up on random dates.

I still mourn the beauty and possibility of Chloe and Ronan. *bows head for moment of silence*

I have left a lot out here, but this is how I feel about the show right now. It is not bad. I can watch it. I do not shy away from it like I did a few years ago. I just know that it can be better and I think it might be better once a lot of the above is clarified or fixed. Until next time, see you all around Genoa City!



Emmerdale Live and Organized – A Very Robert Christmas

I would love to wish everyone a lovely and Merry Christmas! As I have written before I will be taking a break from writing reviews today and tomorrow. After that, the reviews will be spotty as I have family time planned.

I hope you enjoy your presents, time with loved ones and have all the food you can eat. Let us drink and be merry for there will be tough times ahead but keeping a positive attitude will get us all through. Stay strong. Stay positive. Keep love in your heart.

Merry Christmas! If you don’t celebrate, the above still applies. Stay strong. Stay positive. Keep love in your heart. I hope you have a great Monday! <3

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Emmerdale Live and Organized – Decemebr 22, 2017

Welcome to the Friday Preshow. Some housework before I continue. I will not be doing a review for the Christmas episode. I will be watching it much later since when it airs I will be having Christmas lunch with my family. Also, depending on how I feel, I might be skipping a boxing day review. Again, depends on how I feel.

Now. I am embarrassed by my freak out yesterday. Wasn’t in a good place and then all that happened, and I just lost it. I know today won’t be any better, but it has Robert in it at least. I don’t think its much of a buildup but there are issues with pacing this year so I’m not going to get upset about it.

Yeah, in my opinion, Doctor Alex Mason is creepy and pushy to me. I know others see him differently and I am here to say that neither one of us is wrong. We all see characters different ways. I do know one thing. Alex won’t last so…enjoy him while you can supporters. I’ll be over here in my little corner of the internet waiting for Robert and Aaron to come to their senses.

Alright. Let’s get this second-hand embarrassment show on the road. (Team Robert FTW)

Another thought while I wait for the episode to start. Aaron is a grown man. He is smart and has grown so much since his days as a teenager selling drugs from Paddy’s business. The fact he can’t keep track of his personal bills and needs a 15-year-old to run his life now is laughable. Aaron runs a business on his own. He can run a household. Why does the show infantilize this character? The fandom does that enough. The show shouldn’t. UNLESS, this is what the show is trying to do for Aaron? Take him back to make him grow up again? That seems like a waste of my time to watch all over again. Same with worrying about his scars. He did this with Ed already. Why are we tracking backwards again? Is it because of the Gordon stuff being out in the open now? It wasn’t during the Ed stuff so that is the only difference. Sigh…I love Aaron. I do. I think of him as complicated and full of darkness and light. The show and certain parts of fandom are taking that away and making me not care. Which SUCKS. I love this guy and think he deserves to have layers. Not be stuck in teenage land because we need to dumb down the story to make it work with Dr. Alex and for certain fans.


That one guy with the glasses in the ads reminds me of Finn. Who I kind of miss. Who knew? *shrug*

Moira’s Farm

Cain is now Moira’s babysitter. Along with Isaac.

Well, technically Cain forced him to take the blame for this. So…yeah.

Moira seems more herself…kind of? Not really? I’m not sure. She is focused now.

The Kerry Crew


Also love how upset she got over the possibility of not getting presents.

Love to see how far this little family has gotten on the show. Cute.

The Mill

Yes, you two idiots. There is more than getting Aaron laid.

Gerry is the new Adam. Just saying.

Yeah, Aaron is focused on the doctor after his best friend is in trouble. Idiots.

It is a nice sweater Aaron. He gave you a personal gift. Sigh. SIGH.

The Bartons


Back the fuck off Pete. BACK OFF.

The Café Crew

Village gossip ahoy!

Brenda is trying to justify killing off Bob. *HA*

Did Liv call him again? Or did Aaron. Its unclear?

If its Liv again then my god. God, she fucking needs to get her own life.

The Pub Crew

The Whites are back. *Countdown to their death begins now* *smiles*

ROBERT! I hate that they only gave you one episode to build up to your big episode but its ok. I’ve made my peace with that.

Robert knows they are together. Ok then. Its not a surprise then.

“You can’t just turn your feelings off.” – Robert *No you can’t. Seems like Aaron is trying to though* *Alex is useless plot device* *Fuck him*

“Don’t punish him for what I’ve done.” – Robert *Fandom. Listen closely. I feel the same about SJ*

Now you care about him Diane? Sure, you do.

Robert is getting drunk with Doug? Oh boy.

I still find it odd. It would be an easy win White family. Just get a lawyer and get Rebecca full custody of the kid. What are you fuckers hiding?

God. Here we go. *braces myself for Robert being hurt* *It breaks my heart* *I’m a fan that doesn’t enjoy seeing Robert hurt* *side eyes*


That scene with Aaron. My HEART. MY HEART.

*pats my chest*


Adam is right. Moira can’t save him this time.

SO, how will the show fix this?

Not for awhile. *SNORT* *Starts the goodbye we will miss you song*

Cain is going to get his ass beat by Moira.



Love how they are spinning around on the playground. Interesting show. Interesting.


‘It’s Just Speculation!’

Originally posted by doctorwho247

As per usual: Stay off the message boards, respect each other’s opinions, breathe, reboot and eat a Snickers. If you want to talk theory or the show come on over to my twitter and Tumblr @AmandaJ718

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Emmerdale Live and Organized – December 21, 2017

Welcome to the preshow. Let me say this now. I hate Doctor Alex. I hate his fucking guts. I think all of this is rushed and feels like a stab to my stomach. Before everyone starts explaining things to me. I KNOW. This is required to show that Aaron wants and needs Robert blah blah blah. I know. I still don’t have to fucking like it. I hate this. I hate how Robert will be hurt badly. AGAIN….I don’t need to hear that Robert hurt Aaron badly blah blah blah. I KNOW. Two wrongs totally make a right in fandom. Anyway, DOESN’T MEAN I HAVE TO LIKE IT. No one is wrong here, but I don’t fucking like it.

Amanda get to the point.

I will…give me a minute.

What am I getting at here? I’m struggling to even watch today’s episode. I’m really struggling with whether I will watch the boxing day episode. I don’t want to write this review. I’d rather watch something that makes me happy, but I started this, and I have to see it through. Writing reviews. I hate myself for starting this. I’m not happy. I hate this. I hate every fucking part of this. I don’t have to like it. Nor do I have to agree with fandom.

Here is where I stand.

Aaron isn’t happy. Aaron is being pushed and is pushing himself to sleep with someone and move on. It’s not funny. It’s not cute. I think its pathetic and sad. I feel sorry for Aaron that he is being forced to do this. I feel sorry that he is forcing himself to do this. I know people in fandom claim Aaron isn’t forcing himself, but I actually have eyes, and I’m not clouded by Awwwron logic. He is going to shake the hand of someone he sleeps with in three show days time. THAT’S FUCKING FAST AND I FIND THAT WEIRD.  I don’t find it charming. I don’t find the doctor charming. I think he is a fucking creeper.

So, that is a warning that I will not be nice to the doctor and you might have to move on if you like him. This review is not for you. I’m not too happy with Liv either so…you might want to move along if you like her too. I won’t be kind.

I also might not be writing much in this review. I might find reasons to go get some coffee, do dishes or other things if I’m stuck watching this fucker on my screen.

Alright. Let’s get this shit show on the road.



Adam. That’s not helping. I know why you are upset but chill. CHILL.

God, I hate this. I feel a bit bad for Adam. He didn’t do it. LET THE IDIOT OUT. Please.

The way Moira said, “I killed Emma Barton” cracked me up. I loved it. Like she was ordering coffee or something.

Cain loves Moira so much. It’s beautiful to see.

Moira is telling all, and they don’t believe her. *SNORT*

Adam has a choice now. He knows he didn’t do it, but he won’t let his mother take the fall either. He is in an impossible place.

Well, Adam is going to jail. Yup. There it is. A cell. *sad face*

I know I was talking shit about Adam for weeks, but this is depressing. *WE NEED A BUBBLE WRAP BLANKET STAT*

Moira’s Farm


You will forgive him, Moira. You will.

“Trust me” – Cain

Cain has no chill which is weird for him. Usually, he’s good with the chill in situations like this.

Moira is different.

CAIN. She is going to FUCK YOU UP. As she should. This is getting creepy now.

The Mill

Liv. Shut the fuck up.

So, he will go Christmas shopping with Alex but get all annoyed when shopping with Robert. *eye roll*


Yeah, Aaron seems into it. He sleeps with him soon? Seriously? *creeped out*

Yeah. Such great chemistry. *eye roll*



Oh, Aaron. *OPEN BUBBLE WRAP BLANKET* You are allowed in only with Robert. Just saying. *wink*

The Café Crew

Bob. Hey. You should tell the truth now.

I’m convinced Laurel will say something in the end. Her conscience will come into play.

Brenda keeps breaking stuff. Is that just anger or are they building to something there?

This is what happens when people say the twins don’t exist. They show up everywhere. *HA*

Harriet seems to be all over the place lately. Which is interesting, to say the least.

Well, let’s be fair Victoria. You were acting crazy. I’d yell at you too.

The Pub Crew

Charity and Vanessa. I want to like them. I do. I need more scenes of flirting and time together. GIVE ME MORE OF THEM SO I CAN DECIDE SHOW!

Chas. Keep it in your pants. Geez.


There is no chemistry. That handshake cracked me up because it was just…lame. This character is lame. Aaron is lame because he is attached to this crap. Like how Robert gets brought down by being attached to The Whites. RELEASE THE ROBRON. RELEASE THEM FROM THIS HORROR. *quietly…release me*

Yes. He is a doctor. He is a vanilla wafer of annoying.

Is it just me or does this guy only want to fuck Aaron and not actually get to know him? A look, another fucking strike against this fucker. I hate this guy. He had to push FIVE times to get him back to the mill. THAT IS CREEPY AS FUCK.

Maybe that’s my main problem. I hate being pushed into things I’m not ready for or want to do and that makes me anxious. So when I see Aaron being pushed around by everyone, I get anxious on his behalf. I HAVE SO MANY ISSUES PEOPLE. I’M A DAMN MESS.

Vanessa and Charity kind of made me laugh. Ok. I’ll get on the Vanessa and Charity train. Let’s see where this goes.

Oh. Wow. Charity. That was cruel to say to Vanessa. I know Charity is guarded but damn. DAMN. Vanessa saw something there with you, and you just made it a joke.

The Soup Kitchen





‘It’s Just Speculation!’

Originally posted by gameraboy1

As per usual: Stay off the message boards, respect each other’s opinions, breathe, reboot and eat a Snickers. If you want to talk theory or the show come on over to my twitter and Tumblr @AmandaJ718

Until next time, see you around in Emmerdale!

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Emmerdale Live and Organized – December 20, 2017

Welcome to the preshow! The place I say my peace, but no one cares! *waves hi*I see groupthink is taking over fandom today. People, I know spoilers are bouncing around out there. Doesn’t mean it is the worst thing in the world. Well, what the spoilers are saying aren’t the worst things in the world. Not the fact spoilers are out there. That sucks! Fandom shouldn’t have to guard itself against spoiler overload because some guy who wasn’t hugged enough as a child loves to ruin shows for people.


That will get me death threats again. Doesn’t matter. After Christmas things will change. For the better. We are building now, and things will work out. How they are written on paper doesn’t mean it will play that way on screen. Third-hand spoilers are never what they seem. Especially when the third-hand spoilers come from someone with an agenda.

Everyone needs to break out of groupthink and think for themselves. That includes how much they can tolerate and how fandom effects one’s mood.

I fall into the trap constantly, and I’m going to teach myself not to fall into the sad trap right now.


*coughs* Alright then. Let’s crack on!

I’M DECLARING THIS EPISODE ‘PLOTTY PLOT PLOT PLOT’. Also, it was like pulling teeth watching it. It felt long. Hope tomorrow goes better.

The Hope House


Laurel talking to Brenda is just…awkward. Helping her out in her house.

Laurel trying to save the Hope marriage. This is getting messy now.

Also, any time characters talk about cheating and relationships I think of Robron and how the show seems to be playing a dangerous game.



Does anyone else expect to see The Tardis to show up on here sometimes? No? Awesome. I’ll be in my bunk.

The Thomas Family Home


I love that Sam is protective of Lydia. Also, Lydia is the brains behind that relationship. Let that sink in.


Moira’s Farm

Does Cain live at Moira’s now? Just asking for a friend.

Robert doing this is looked down on. Victoria does it, and I bet fandom will applaud her for it.

Victoria is a mess. Adam isn’t worth all of this. Seriously girl. Not worth it.

Well, don’t give Cain any ideas Moira. *snort*

He is keeping Moira captive in her own house? Why is this stupid funny to me?

Adam hearing his mother scream doesn’t phase him. That cracks me up.

TAKE THE FALL BITCH. *Is what I just heard* *snort*

The Café Crew

Is it just me or do Victoria and Aaron care more about Adam than they ever did about Robert? Just saying. As a friend.

Why is Liv sorting out Aarons bills? WTF?!?! That is just wrong. A teenager shouldn’t have to worry about this. Also, why does Liv think she has to parent Aaron. I thought Aaron was all better now, according to fandom. * makes a face*

Bob and Laurel are falling apart here. Eek.

Bernice’s Beauty Salon

Bernice is trying to make amends. Eek.

Sam has the right to be angry. I don’t blame him at all.

DeeDee sounds like a sweet kid. She just wanted time with her mom. Not shiny things. New things. This scene is actually sweet. Bernice, you aren’t the worst mother. Not by a long shot.

Yeah, Bernice doesn’t know DeeDee. Time to get to know your kid. It’s ok. It will be ok.

Lydia is an angel. We don’t deserve her. *bows down*

Oh. DeeDee is leaving. What was the point of this? Seriously?

The Mill

“I used to do this kind of thing for Mom.” – Liv *this is getting sad now*

Aaron doesn’t nanny people. He sticks his nose in where it doesn’t belong. Much like every soap character since the beginning of time.

So, Liv is going to blackmail Aaron into dating Alex some more. Awesome show. Awesome. * makes a face*

The show keeps telling us that Aaron wants this through spoilers and then the scenes air and its like…Aaron is being dragged along by Liv, and then his family to move on. Shouldn’t Aaron want to move on because he is ready to move on? Not being forced by anyone. Not even Robert? Shouldn’t Aaron have agency over his decisions? We should want Aaron to be in control of his life, not a 15-year-old or a group of people who jump in and out of his life as needed. Aaron is going to be in a relationship with this doctor except I am not going to buy it in any sense. Don’t they want me to think Aaron is moving on and Robert is moving on? I don’t. I think this is filler at best. It bores me now. It annoys me so much that Aaron and Robert are stuck in this place now. I know good things are coming but god damn….fucking move from the drama for five fucking seconds.

‘It’s Just Speculation!’

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Emmerdale Live and Organized – December 19, 2017

Hi! Welcome to the preshow! I don’t have much to say. Still actively looking for that Christmas spirit. I went on Twitter for a second and felt my heart break into a thousand pieces (not show related…real life related) and ran off again. Again, I really want to talk to my favorites, but I need to find a way to do this without having to be on twitter.

It’s a mental health thing at this point. I’m trying to get it together these days. Stop eating so much. Stop living on the internet. Start working out more. The usual. I’m making my New Years Resolution List early.

Anyway, is anyone else interested in those mistletoe boxers on Robert? JUST SAYING. *points at Aaron* *In another life he would love those*

Anyway, let’s crack on!

Gerry, Bob, and Gary love triangle? WHAT?!?! *Why am I down for that?* *Who is Gary* *Tom’s real name?!?!* *DUN DUN DUUUUNN*

The Café Crew

“Have you seen Bobs Warm Mince Pies?”  *Laurel has* *Snort*

Laurel. Oh god. Brenda is aware.

Laurel lied easily. Huh. Interesting. *raises an eyebrow*

I’m kind of into Laurel/Bob. *Haters to the left!*

“Keep your wig on!” *I’m sorry everyone is on their marks today. I’m dying of laughter*

Fur coat man is back.

“If it’s not the money, health it must be sex. TRUTH. Those are human main food groups. Is Money ok? Is my Health ok? Am I getting laid? *shrug*

Oh. Brenda. *feels bad*

Bob. It will get out that its Laurel. The truth always comes out in the end on a soap and in real life too.

I like that “Bob,” and “Brenda” are getting a lot to work with. Spread their wings a bit. Love it.

Bob lies easily. *eyebrow raise*

That or he has been cheating on her for awhile with different people, and Laurel is the last in a long line? Nah. I think it was just Laurel.

*OPENS BUBBLE WRAP BLANKET* Come on in Brenda. We got you.

“You haven’t said sorry.” – Brenda *Interesting distinction*


The Police Station

Adam sucks at interviews. This won’t end well for him. At all.

Wow. Using family history against Adam. I get it but…wow. Cruel much?

Adam going down for this. *dun dun duuunnn*

The B&B

Diane running up to Bernice and Bernice hiding her stuff cracked me up. Don’t ask me why. It’s so funny to me. *snort*

She lost some receipt.

“You are sarcastic and overbearing.” – Bernice to Diane *Huh. Interesting*

DOUG! *LAUGHS* *I’ll Look!*

Moira’s Farm

I see Cain, Aaron and Victoria are meeting about Adam. Where is Robert? RIGHT. Everyone doesn’t care about Robert and his breakdown, so Robert wouldn’t be here either. *remembers something told to me* *smiles*

The Thomas House

Lydia and Sandy. *A GIFT FROM THE GODS*

Is Bernice buying her gifts?!?! To lessen her guilt?

The Pub Crew

Marlon is getting his colon flushed out? Good to know. *snort*

Charity mocking Ross makes me smile. Everything in this episode is making me smile.

Victoria is going to be full blown “Team Adam” when I think she needs to let him fly loose in the wind for awhile. As payback for all the crap, he did to her. *BITTER PRINCESS AT YOUR SERVICE*

Gabby made me laugh. Good for you.



“It’s fake!” “Just like you!” – DAMN LYDIA *THAT’S MY GIRL*

Jacobs Fold Crew

Sarah has attached to Tom already. That will be bad when it explodes. It will explode.

The tower thing Tom is holding is crappy popcorn. I’ve gotten them before form relatives that don’t know what to get me. It’s the thought that counts but eh. It’s gross.

Is sherry their code word for sex?

Debbie. You are going to bring your family down by accident…aren’t you?

Bernice’s Beauty

Nicola running from Diane. *SNORT*

I still don’t know why she lied to her daughter. Like, I wouldn’t care if my mom was a millionaire. I would just want my mom.


‘It’s Just Speculation!’

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Emmerdale Live and Organized – December 18, 2017

Welcome to the preshow! I haven’t been on twitter but don’t think I’m not trying to check in. It’s just too much on there right now. I’ll try again soon. I’m currently looking for Christmas Spirit or something good to happen for the world or where I live. So, lets now have a silent prayer (or have a talk with the universe) that things will get better.

Anyway, let’s start the countdown to A Robert Christmas! It won’t be long now!

Let’s crack on!

Welcome to the preshow! I haven’t been on twitter but don’t think I’m not trying to check in. It’s just too much on there right now. I’ll try again soon. I’m currently looking for Christmas Spirit or something good to happen for the world or where I live. So, lets now have a silent prayer (or have a talk with the universe) that things will get better.

Anyway, let’s start the countdown to A Robert Christmas! It won’t be long now!

Let’s crack on!

Moira’s Farm

I see the convo is still going on between Coira.

I think that is what Emma wanted. She wanted Moira to feel guilt over everything that happened between them. Even after she was gone. Damn Emma. DAMN.

Adam being a dick. As per usual. Sigh. I haven’t even been the biggest Victoria fan, but that was too much.

Adam treating Victoria like crap not because she doesn’t trust him when she has no need to trust him…sigh…BIG FREAKING SIGH.

The Café Crew

Bob. Laurel. Could you two be more obvious? Seriously.

Brenda can’t figure this out? Really?

Victoria doesn’t want to eat.

HEY! Everyone is back in action. Hey Sarah!

Faith hits on everyone. I love it.

Also, TOM IN THE VILLAGE. We are almost there! *Dances*

OH MY GOD FAITH! She is on a roll today!

“Diddle the spuds” – HA I’m five years old. That made me laugh.

SANDY SIGHTING. I love it and his Christmas sweater.

Laurel can’t lie, and Bob is ready to lie about everything. Yeah, this will end well.

So many people in one spot. I LOVE IT. SO MUCH CAN O WRONG!

Oh. Bob has already done that Brenda. *SNORT*

I want a Christmas Crown. I want more alcohol, so I don’t have to think about the worlds issues. *OFF TOPIC*

Is Laurel on his phone?!?! What is going on there?

Bernice’s Beauty Shop

KERRY! I LOVE HER! She is awesome.

I love seeing Kerry and Bernice’s relationship. They are just funny.

LYDIA! MY LOVE! YOU HAVE COME BACK TO ME! I love this. Early Christmas miracle in Emmerdale.

Oh right. The money storyline. I forgot. BERNICE BOOO. Give Lydia her money!

Wait. Why are you playing for rent at Laurels and the one at Sams? Sam should be paying for some of it too. Unless he is?

David’s Grocery

David in the Santa outfit. *eyebrow raise* What’s up?

Brenda asking Laurel over for a Christmas get together. *sweats a bit* OH BOY.

Bob feels something for Laurel Brenda. *snort*

The Pub Crew

A random Aaron sighting.

The Bartons are a mess. WELCOME TO EMMERDALE! *does a song and dance*

What an odd set up of the pub by the way. Adam, Ross, and Aaron in one shot while Cain holds Isaac looking for Moira. Odd framing. Means nothing just odd framing. Hmmmm.

Aaron will always be attached to Adam’s goodbye because of their relationship. So, bringing him in now isn’t surprising.

Well, Adam has been arrested.

I have something to say about Aaron advice to Adam about Victoria. He has screwed around on her so many times, he has broken her heart and gotten her into trouble before. However, Aaron is always the one to say to him…”Talk to her. Try again.” TAKE YOUR OWN FRACKING ADVICE AARON. Seriously.

Ross looks guilty. Which is a first? *character change*

Wow. How dramatic. By the way, Aaron seems shoehorned into this story now. I know Adam is his best friend and we are saying goodbye to Adam but…shoehorned.

The Church

Harriet is waiting for the other shoe to drop while Moira wants to run.

Harriet going into vicar mode. *Vicar of Dibley theme song plays in the distance*

Good talk between Moira and Harriet. * makes a face*

We are now feeling the after effects of ‘Who Killed Emma’ and now gearing up for ‘Goodbye Adam’. So, things are in a weird transition.

We could also argue that Adam might have to go first and then The Whites can follow. Fallouts finish out the January month. New beginnings in February.


Money an issue again. Figures.


‘It’s Just Speculation!’

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Emmerdale Live and Organized – December 15, 2017

Welcome to the Friday preshow. I’m actively avoiding wrapping presents (I have over 20 to do, and I keep finding reasons not to do them) and trying to find that Christmas spirit before its too late.

So, yeah. Yesterday was awesome. Now we have one story left to close out from 2017. Next week starts that journey, and it will be tough to see Robert such a mess and Aaron off with Alex but this is the final push, and let’s enjoy the ride. While complaining and being snarky. Grab your snickers, get your best bitch buddy and your snark. We are almost at a turning point or PUNCH.

Until then, let’s crack on!

Alright, people. After this episode is done, I made a list, and I WILL CROSS OFF EVERYTHING ON THE LIST! *PUNCHES THE AIR* I WILL ACCOMPLISH THINGS. LOTS OF THINGS.

You guys have Medifacts too? Those ads are so dumb.

Moira’s Farm

The Coira. THE COIRA! It heals the soul. *heart eyes*

I agree. Those Emma words aren’t true. She wanted to die, so she forced you to do the deed, Moira. You were weak then. You can be strong again. I have faith Moira is stronger than she knows.


Cain has had enough of this crap Moira believes about herself.

That baby is the cutest thing ever! *ovaries explode*

I agree with Cain. She couldn’t save Holly. She was in a bad place. Moira tried her hardest. There is only so much someone can do for someone. Its part support and part pushing through yourself. It’s tough, and that’s why places to help people like Holly should be easily accessible.

This whole conversation feels like cleansing and restarts their relationship. Yeah, it’s harsh but lots of things are being talked about that is needed to move forward. I like this.

Emma and Moira are connected even in death. Interesting idea.

Moira. You are going in circles which is what Emma wanted. She wanted you to suffer like she suffered. Don’t let her win.

Oh, Harriet. Honey. MOVE ON. *I’m watching that scene closely by the way. Maybe we get a Robron version in January. Don’t forget. Robron and Coira are oddly linked in the weirdest of ways.*

Oh, Adam. SHUT UP. Seriously. You wrecked your own marriage. SHUT UP.

Oh. Never mind. Moira told Adam the truth.

WOW. What a shot. Adam in a beauty shot. DAMN. Adam gets all the nice shots lately. A goodbye present from the production crew? *laughs* *cries a little*

The Bartons

OH. These idiots think its Adam. DUDES. No. NO. Adam did not kill your mother.

Ross? Why do you care? You told your mother to kill herself, and manhandled her like an asshole. It was creepy in hindsight.

Well, at least Pete acknowledges they aren’t saints in this situation. Good to know.

People actually think Ross is better than Robert? *makes a noise* *get out of here with that crap*

Bringing up Moses. Fatherhood. Again. Adam’s ‘shooting blanks’ came up too. There is a lot here about fatherhood and children.


Bob is backing up Laurels Story.

Wait…is he? OH NO. BOB. NO! OH NO.

Give up on Brenda. I was never a fan of them anyway. Laurel and Bob sound interesting to me. I wanted Laurel and Marlon, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Jessie and Marlon are cute. Bob and Laurel are cute. Let’s have this happen. *Claps*


The female detective has had enough of Laurel and Bob at this point. I think she hates Emmerdale at this point. *Snort*

The Café Crew

The whole family is here for Laurels perp walk. Interesting. I want to make a comment but I won’t.

Nicola knows something is up. She knows her best friend. Interesting.

Could Bob and Laurel be more obvious? Again, villagers not noticing when people have screwed or are currently screwing.

We are back to the money subplot. I love these two, but Lydia needs to go off on these two. It’s her money, not theirs.

The Barton’s look like the Men in Black. Like they are the ones on the case.

So, everyone is going to pin it on Adam and Adam will take the blame for Moira? This is getting complicated now. *ouch my head*


Victoria. Adam is a dick. Next. Go talk to Ross. *wink*

‘It’s Just Speculation!’

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Emmerdale Live and Organized – December 14, 2017

Welcome to the preshow! I have very high hopes for today’s episodes! Its all about Emma and baby I am all about Emma stuff right now.

So, let’s crack on!

Violent and disturbing scenes! LET’S DO THIS! It’s a Maxine episode? HELL YEAH.

IM loves him some flashbacks, doesn’t he? Hmmmm. How American of him. Also, yes, flashbacks. FLASHBACKS. *makes a face at the camera*


Forgiveness is a theme being presented heavily these days. Wonder if it goes into Robron stuff or just Robert in general. Forgiveness for the past and hope for the future.


Dead Emma Flashback

Nice overview of SSW 2017! That was an awesome week of episodes.

The Church

Debbie showed up? That’s nice of her. I guess. *Roctoria FTW*

Also, BOB AND LAUREL. I see you.

Does anyone else think that Mike (Ross) and Danny (Aaron) have moments where they look alike? Today is one of those moments.

“Emma was devoted to her sons: Ross, Pete, and Finn.” – Ross has a look on his face like, ‘sounds fake but ok.’

The Graveyard

Moira letting Isaac visit with Holly. Sweet but oh god no.

OH. MOIRA WAS THERE. I’m beginning to think that everyone visited Emma that day.

“Earth to Earth. Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust.” – Harriet *Ashes to Ashes for The White family soon*

As a good Catholic girl, I finished the prayer without thinking. *bows*


The Barton’s Home

Pete has a flashback too? EVERYONE GETS A FLASHBACK.

Oh geez. Pete needs therapy. I don’t like that place either Pete. Time to redecorate. OH. NOT LIKE THAT!

Of course, you lied Pete. I know you lied.

These flashbacks make me miss Emma so much.

Ok. We know all of this though. Finn being shot was an accident. We know. Next.

Pete yelled at her. Ok then. Pete is off the list I guess.

“You were right when you told her I would kill her.” – Ross *BIG EYES*

So, Ross had the letter, but he threw it in Adams car? OH. HE USED ADAMS CAR.

Mike is on fire in this episode, and it pains me to say that because usually he annoys me, but today he is doing great. *stands up and claps*

Oh. We get background on Ross and why he is the way he is. Interesting. *makes a noise* Sure…nature vs nurture comes in here but…yeah. I’ll keep my mouth shut.

The Police Station

Oh boy. Laurel is at the police station? CRAP.


“I wasn’t going to let that bitch hurt another member of my family.” – Laurel *BOOM. NOT THE RIGHT THING TO SAY BUT I APPRECIATE IT*

Ok. This is how Bob connects. She saw Bob.


Laurels story. Something is off. Something is way off. WELL…NEVERMIND.

Moira’s Farm

‘Get out Cain.’ ‘Make me.’ – Coira *I LOVE HOW MUCH HE LOVES HER*

“I lost my daughter. I lost you. I had a baby I wasn’t ready for. I was depressed.” – Moira *BIG EYES*

Moira looked up at the bridge in the flashback. OH. She used Cain as her alibi. THEY BOTH NEEDED ALIBIS PEOPLE!

“You are no saint Cain, so I took a guess.” – Moira to Cain *LOVE HOW SHE KNOWS HIM*

Isaac is a cutie! *giggles* Seriously. That is one cute baby pair.



MOIRA DID IT. BITCH DESERVED IT. (I love Emma, but bitch deserved it)

‘It’s Just Speculation!’

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